Dedicated: The Case for Commitment in an Age of Infinite Browsing Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A profoundly inspiring and transformative argument that purposeful commitment and civil engagement can be a powerful force in today’s age of restlessness and indecision.
Most of us have had this experience: browsing through countless options on Netflix, unable to commit to watching any given movie - and losing so much time skimming reviews and considering trailers that it’s too late to watch anything at all. In a book inspired by an idea first articulated in a viral commencement address, Pete Davis argues that this is the defining characteristic of the moment: keeping our options open. We are stuck in “Infinite Browsing Mode” - swiping through endless dating profiles without committing to a single partner, jumping from place to place searching for the next big thing, and refusing to make any decision that might close us off from an even better choice we imagine is just around the corner. This culture of restlessness and indecision, Davis argues, is causing tension in the lives of young people today: We want to keep our options open, and yet we yearn for the purpose, community, and depth that can only come from making deep commitments.
In Dedicated, Davis examines this quagmire, as well as the counterculture of committers who have made it to the other side. He shares what we can learn from the “long-haul heroes” who courageously commit themselves to particular places, professions, and causes—who relinquish the false freedom of an open future in exchange for the deep fulfillment of true dedication. Weaving together examples from history, personal stories, and applied psychology, Davis’s “insightful without being preachy…guide to commitment should be on everyone’s reading list” (Booklist, starred review).
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 42 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||May 04 2021|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #50,887 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#983 in Philosophy (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,008 in Social Psychology & Interactions (Books)
#2,686 in Psychology
Top reviews from Canada
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It is well organized, the prose is engaging, the examples are good and varied as well. There is a blend of philosophy, science, social commentary, advocacy and yet all done gently enough to avoid being a polemic or manifesto, yet persuasive enough to make you sit up and pay attention to the way you treat your commitments. It’s a book we need now and the most important book I’ve read in years.
Top reviews from other countries
In the past, tradition and things of the community were melted down with the view of replacing them with something else, but in recent times, the idea is to keep melting. Nothing stay the same for long; the objective is constant change. Melting down becomes an end in itself.
This book is about the virtues of commitment, how we are losing it to infinite choice, and the modern mantra of change in order to progress. It is a slightly meandering book, and some of his ideas a tad disjointed, but on the whole, an easy, thought-provoking book.
What you can learn from this book:
1. Understand the infinite browsing mode
Pete Davis explains the challenge of our ‘liquid modernity’: we can’t commit because we are afraid of doing that. I’ve personally experienced commitment to one expertise area is a difficult move. Davis’ explains the 3 fears this could come from:
- The fear of regret: we worry that if we commit to something, we will later regret having not committed to something else.
- The fear of association: we think that if we commit to something, we will be vulnerable to the chaos that that commitment brings to our identity, our reputation, and our sense of control.
- The fear of missing out (see also my previous book review about FOMO): we feel that if we commit to something, the responsibilities that come with it will prevent us from being everything, everywhere, to everyone.
2. The downside of keeping the options open
Davis explains that keeping the options open at first, is bringing the joy of new experiences but after a while starts getting us stuck and dissatisfied. It’s something I’ve experienced with so many (unfocused) people: they love to keep the options open but get burned out from jumping around and saying yes to almost everything. They all have the ambition to get known as subject matter experts but they are struggling to commit to the focus it requires. They get stuck in their infinite browsing mode which almost always leads to great despair in the long run. Davis’ book gives us great examples of the downside and provides us with hope and the process to leave our vicious liquid state.
3. The joy of depth
I will never forget Davis' saying: ‘Depth is your superpower’. Depth has been my way of living as a consultant the past decade and nobody ever described it as beautiful as Pete Davis: DEPTH IS YOUR SUPERPOWER. Wow! When we start going deep in our craft, we gain mastery, says Davis. And the depth that comes from such extended focus on our single craft, is a superpower. The narrowing is difficult (plenty of monsters waiting for us), says Davis, but the more time we add to something, the more beautiful it becomes. Davis finishes the book by stating that depth makes the ordinary extraordinary. What a wonderful closing.
Pete has inspired me tremendously (I listened to his audiobook - with Pete reading it himself - during a 7 hours car drive) and this treasure book will undoubtedly help me to inspire my clients to develop their superpower. Don't forget his graduation speech! Amazing!
Deeply recommended reading (or listening)!